skillet creamy tomato tortellini

with sausage + spinach
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 package cheese tortellini
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet italian sausage
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated


  • Cook 1 (20 oz.) package of tortellini according to package directions in a pot of salted water; drain.
  • In a large skillet (12” or larger) over medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon olive oil and brown 1 lb. Italian sausage, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon until cooked through and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Transfer crumbled sausage to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Add 1 chopped shallot to the skillet and cook until golden brown and fragrant; about 2 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add 1 (24 oz.) jar marinara sauce and ½ cup heavy cream, mixing to fully combine then bring to a simmer.
  • Add 1 package (or 4 cups) baby spinach and return the sausage to the skillet. Toss gently and cook until spinach has wilted.
  • Transfer cooked tortellini to skillet and toss to fully combine. Finish by topping with ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, if desired.


  • Serve with a Caesar salad kit and crusty bread or breadsticks.


  • Vegetarian: Remove sausage and cook otherwise as directed.
  • Protein: You can swap the pork sausage for any ground protein. (ground beef, chicken, turkey, etc.)
  • Dairy free: This recipe can successfully be made by eliminating the cream and selecting a filled tortellini that doesn’t include cheese.


  • Chop shallot in advance and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Calories: 710kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 1654mg | Potassium: 680mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2723IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 5mg